JK Rowling apologises for claiming Donald Trump ignored handshake from a disabled boy
London: Harry Potter author JK Rowling has apologized for a series of tweets that falsely accused US President Donald Trump of refusing to shake the hand of a boy in a wheelchair during an event last week.
On 31 July, Rowling said she deleted her 28 July tweets after she was informed that they "not a full or accurate representation" of what happened at the 24 July event at the White House, reports CNN.
She also apologized on Twitter to the three-year-old Montgomery Weer and his family though she did not extend the same courtesy to Trump.
Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple /1
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2017
sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction. I very clearly projected my own /2 — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2017
sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw and if that caused any distress /3 — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2017
to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly. These tweets will remain, but I will delete the previous ones on the subject. /4x — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2017
A spokesperson for Rowling did not say whether she would issue an apology to the President.
Rowling had tweeted a video which was edited in a way that suggested Trump ignored Weer's outstretched hand, CNN reported.
The bestselling author wrote it was "stunning" and "horrible" that Trump "cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President".
The first in her series of seven tweets racked up more than 75,000 re-tweets by 31 July.
The boy's mother, Marjorie, wrote on Facebook that Trump didn't snub her son.
Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 13:37 PM | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 13:39 PM